All posts by Tony Attwood

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How much support are teachers getting to improve children’s reasoning in maths?

Reasoning is now seen as the magic ingredient in maths teaching. Being able to reason enables children to justify what they are doing, make predictions, generalise and explore; in other words they will be able to make sense of mathematics.

As you are no doubt aware, the writers of the National Curriculum clearly think it is very important. Reasoning and problem solving are key elements of the new National Curriculum and this is reflected in the latest KS1 and KS2 SAT papers and the types of question asked. A typical question in last year’s paper was:

3 pineapples cost the same as 2 mangoes.

One mango costs £1.35

How much does one pineapple cost?

If children are going to be really successful in SATs then they must be able to reason and know what to do to solve problems.

But SATs are not the ‘be all and end all’ of maths teaching. In the real world, when making decisions on best buys, whether it is in the supermarket or an online mobile phone tariff, being able to reason is becoming more and more important. It is critical that children develop these skills.

Unfortunately, in the past reasoning has not been a naturally occurring part of many maths lessons; learning the standard form of written multiplication being one example where endless practice has often triumphed over understanding the processes. Teachers have had to change and adapt and they have made great strides forward in developing reasoning skills, but they need support, including an excellent supply of the right materials.

URBrainy has a special Reasoning/Problem Solving category for each year group packed full of interesting and well-tried ideas which have been developed over many years.

We are now also developing our bar modelling resources which is a great way to help children succeed with solving word problems. There is much more of this to come in the next few months.

With new resources coming every fortnight, we have a vast range of fantastic material available to help with all aspects of maths; well over 10,000 pages in total. Oh, and by the way, we also have a great collection of English resources as an added bonus!

If you would like to find out more about URBrainy Maths and English resources for use in schools just click urbrainy.com/schools  or email: jo@urbrainy.com

What is the simplest way of ensuring Pupil Premium funding makes a powerful and measurable difference?

To answer that question one needs to find a programme that not only does make a major difference to pupils and students in an important area of study, but which also generates improvements that can be easily measured and readily verified.

Perhaps the most obvious area of work that meets these twin criteria is literacy.

Clearly it is not difficult to identify students who have slipped behind in terms of literacy.  But if one can then, in a short period of time, ensure they have caught up, then the progress cannot be questioned.

What’s more, with this approach in place and the results proven it is possible to move on from there and use the same method with other students who likewise have slipped behind.

The approach that can achieve this dramatic turnaround, and which is a perfect use of Pupil Premium funding, uses one-to-one tuition for selected pupils and students but without the costs generally expected with these sorts of initiatives.

To demonstrate that this initiative works, we offer a free trial of our approach within which every literacy misunderstanding and every concept not fully grasped is instantly spotted, resulting in the pupil going back a step for remedial work.

Each individual’s literacy needs are analysed and each student is directed to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits before advancing through to the next set of skills.

This level of instruction is thus accurately reflective of the student’s current abilities, and each student gets a feeling of success and progress which of itself is highly motivational.

To see this process in action before making any firm decisions, there is more information about Lexia Strategies® and the extraordinary results that other schools have seen here. You can also read a variety of case studies here.

You will find on the top right of the page the link to gain full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

How can we give our pupils earworms to ensure that the Spanish they learn will be remembered forever?

Do you ever wonder how your pupils can remember the entire lyrics to a song, yet they have an incredibly difficult time remembering the alphabet, times tables, or anything else for that matter? Well the reason for this is that listening to music gives them earworms!

Earworms is the term scientists use to describe, quite simply, when a song gets stuck in our head. Along with other terms including stuck-song syndrome, sticky music, and cognitive itch.

For this reason we are giving away two Spanish songs from our new resource: ¡Me Gusta Cantar! – so that you can give your pupils earworms of the Spanish variety to ensure that the Spanish they learn will be remembered forever.

Click here for free “¿Cómo te llamas?” lyrics sung to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it” Click here for free “Los días de la semana” lyrics sung to the tune of “Camptown races”

If after using these free resources with your pupils you are satisfied with the results and are still humming the song, you can buy the full volume for just £32.89 at www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/me-gusta-cantar-744. And if you have any questions, please email orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

How best to demonstrate 3d Print technology in a classroom…

 ….and create a 200mm high printed pottery piece in under 15 minutes!

Of course, to demonstrate to your students exactly how 3d printing works you need a 3d printer and 3d model content which fits the bill for a single or double lesson.

It was through thinking of the issues of how best to get 3d printing to bridge Art and Design & Technology that we evolved the notion of a portable 3d printer that works with clay. And now, in its 2nd evolution, we have created an ideal combination of machine and material which can be made available for a free six week trial in schools.

Such an approach, we reasoned, would also allow students to channel their creativity post-print – because clay allows carving, surface decorations, handles, and, of course, glazes to be added … all actions that 3d printing with plastic does not offer.

And so this is what we have produced.

Because our 3d clay printers are light and portable, they can be moved within the school into other departments.  In fact many schools plan to share their 3d clay printer with other schools in their area with each school having the printer for (for example) half a term.

Setting up the 3d clay printer is simplicity itself, and once set up one has a printer that produces its items within the time constraints of a standard lesson – all without any of the environmental impact that 3d printing in plastic can bring.

If you would like our 3d clay printer on a six week free trial we will deliver it free of charge, provide full training to the relevant member of staff, and remove the printer at the end.  Example 3d computer-models are provided to begin with, and our Vase Creator offers a simple and fast introduction to model design for those with fewer computer skills.

In terms of technical details, the 3d clay printer has a footprint of 550 x 350mm and a total height with the cartridge loaded of 1235mm.  As for installation, there are no special requirements – just two plug sockets.  And we deliver by hand at a time convenient to you.

If you would like to see what the machine can do, there is a series of videos of the machine in operation on our website.  You can also find technical details, etc, at www.claybot.co.uk.

If you are interested in taking a 3d clay printer for six weeks for free in your school in either the late spring or summer terms (places for the year are disappearing fast!), please do call us on 01926 865109 or email mike@claybot.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mike Ellis

What is the simplest way of ensuring Pupil Premium funding makes a powerful and measurable difference?

To answer that question one needs to find a programme that not only makes a major difference to pupils in a fundamental area of education, but which also generates improvements that can be easily measured and readily verified.

Just about the most obvious area of work that meets these twin criteria is literacy.

Clearly it is not difficult to identify children who are slipping behind in terms of literacy.  But if one can then, in a short period of time, ensure they have caught up, then the progress cannot be questioned.

What’s more, with this approach in place and the results proven, it is possible to move on from there and use the same method with other children who likewise have slipped behind.

The approach that can achieve this dramatic turnaround, and which is a perfect use of Pupil Premium funding, uses one-to-one tuition for selected pupils but without the costs generally expected with these sorts of initiatives.

To demonstrate that this initiative works, we offer a free trial of our approach within which every literacy misunderstanding and every concept not fully grasped is instantly spotted and leads to the child going back a step for remedial work.

Each individual’s literacy needs are analysed and each pupil is directed to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits before advancing through to the next set of skills.

This level of instruction is thus accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, and each pupil gets a feeling of success and progress which of itself is highly motivational.

To enable you to see this process in action before making any firm decisions, there is more information about Core 5, the program which achieves these extraordinary results here.

You can also read a variety of case studies here. You can also find on the top right of the page the link to gain full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

30 minutes additional activity a day for pupils: the solution – free of charge.

There is a lot to be said for the notion of an additional 30 minutes of activity each day for each child in primary school.  For such activity not only cuts down the chances of obesity but also results in dramatic improvements in behaviour and academic achievement.

Since the announcement of the additional 30 minutes a day was made we’ve been working on materials which deliver exactly this – without the need for the children to leave the classroom or bring in a specialist teacher.

And we’d like you to try 5 of them for free.

In fact we’ve develop a series of over 1000 curriculum-based active lessons and activities which meet the requirements of this new initiative.

All of these can be undertaken within normal lessons without leaving the regular classroom or, if you prefer, they can be taken in a hall or outdoors.

What’s more, these lessons are each complete in themselves, with curriculum-based lesson plans and supporting interactive movies, flashcards, music, and assessments.  All of which makes the whole process easy to plan, teach, and evaluate.

In effect it means that the complete requirement of 30 minutes a day additional physical activity can now be met by the school using these resources, integrating them easily into the normal teaching timetable.

And the improvement in grades and achievement comes as a bonus.  Which is why we are offering a limited number of schools the chance to use these materials without charge and without any obligation.

You can read more about imoves’ active lessons and choose the 5 lessons that you wish to try out, from literacy to science, from PSHE to PE, on our website.

You can, of course, sign up to the free use of the resources straightaway, but if you have any questions please do email enquiries@imoves.com or phone us on 0114 2661061.

Ian Pickles

What is the most effective way to increase your pupils’ concentration levels by up to 12% in Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling lessons?

Standing up during lesson times is better for children’s wellbeing, not least because it improves children’s concentration levels by up to 12%, but also because it helps to combat obesity and thus all the health risks that follow.

However, it is easier to plan movement activities for some topic areas than it is for others.

Which is why Brilliant Publications has produced a resource containing movement activities for lessons in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as these are arguably among the most difficult topic areas into which to incorporate movement.

The 70 plus ready-to-use activities in the resource offer a new approach to teaching literacy and cover each of the rules that children are expected to know and use in the Year 6 SATs.

Through acting out parts of speech, letter strings, and punctuation children will internalise the language and absorb ideas, skills, and understanding. They will be able to draw on this stored knowledge and use it wherever they need it in the future – when they are being tested – but, more importantly, in their own writing.

What’s more, the combination of visual, aural, and kinaesthetic approaches means that the activities suit all types of learner and can be used with both large and small groups of mixed ages and abilities.

In addition to literacy understanding, pupils will also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, and social confidence.

For more information or to order Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling through Drama for £17.99 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book, or both for £21.89, please visit:

www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/teaching-grammar-punctuation-and-spelling-through-drama-434.

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Critique of OCR GCSE Business A293 Case Study – Regeneration of Bowton, Tom’s Toys, GG Toys plc

Please find below our initial critique of Section 1, paragraph 1 of this years’ OCR GCSE Business Studies A293 Case Study on The Regeneration of Bowton, Tom’s Toys and GG Toys plc.  This is just a tiny Extract of what will be included in our highly acclaimed Teacher’s Companion / Student Revision Buddy produced to support teachers and their students on the pre-released case study.

Explanation of Key Terms, Concepts and Issues Raised

SECTION 1   Is it the end for Bowton?

The Difficult Economic Conditions between 2008 and 2011

P.2, Section 1 – lines 6-9.

What the Case Study says

The case study tells us that between 2008 and 2011:

  • ‘Unemployment rose by 6,000, meaning that by 2011 14,000 out of a workforce of 80,000 were out of work’.
  • ‘Incomes fell by 8% on average’.
  • ’42 businesses closed and only 15 start-ups occurred’.

What is meant by ‘unemployment’ and ‘incomes’?

Unemployment is the number of people in the working population who are unable to find work.  It is measured by subtracting the number of people actually in employment from the total number of people able and willing to work.  From the information provided in the case study, we can also calculate the unemployment rate, ie the number of unemployed people expressed as a percentage of the number of people willing and able to work.  This was 17.5% for Bowton in 2011 (6,000 / 14,000 x 100). A quick search on google reveals this to be more than double the national average at this time; this ranged from 7.7% to 8.4% between January and December 2011. (Source: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=the+UK+unemployment+rate+in+2011&oq=the+u&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0j69i59j69i60l2j69i57.1503j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

The reference to ‘incomes’ falling concerns consumer incomes, not ‘income’ related to business accounts.  It is the money individual consumers earn from working, investment (eg interest on savings accounts, dividends on any shares held in companies), or other sources (eg gifts from family and friends).  Consumer incomes can actually be classed into:

  • disposable income – the money left over after compulsory deductions, such as tax and national insurance payments, have been made.
  • discretionary income – the money left over after people’s basic necessities eg food, drink, mortgage, clothes, travel to work, etc have been paid.

Household income is also often used as an economic indicator ie a measure to assess the state of the economy at a particular point in time.  This is the combined gross income of all the members of a household who are 15 years old and older.  (NB Household members do not have to be related to be considered members of the same household).

>How can a rise in unemployment, fall in incomes and business closures affect consumers, businesses and the government / local authority?

When people are unemployed, sales of goods and services generally fall, particularly for businesses selling (or manufacturing) non-essential items ie luxuries (such as toys), as well as income-sensitive goods (such as houses and cars), as opposed to necessities (such as food and medicines).  This is because unemployed people have less income to spend on goods and services.

With less sales a business has less revenue and is likely to make less profit, and with less revenue coming in to cover fixed costs, it may also suffer from cash flow problemsPoor financial reward in terms of profit and / or inability to meet debts as they fall due can, ultimately, result in business closure.  In the case of Bowton, although there were 15 start-ups during the period, 42 businesses closed.  These businesses could very well have been those selling non-essential items, or income-sensitive goods.

Bowton Council would have been concerned about the rise in unemployment, fall in incomes and business closures because higher unemployment and business closures means less revenue for the Council / government from taxes (eg PAYE, NI, VAT, corporation tax and business rates).  Furthermore, falling incomes means greater spending on welfare benefits.  This includes, for example:

  • paying unemployed people income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • providing people on a low income any one, some or all of the following benefits: housing benefit and income support (soon to be replaced by universal credit), council tax reduction, working tax credit, child tax credit, help with one-off expenses through the Social Fund, and / or help with health, education and legal costs.

It is, therefore, not surprising that Bowton Town Council sort to address the situation through their ‘Regeneration Plan’ (discussed further in a subsequent section below).

On a positive note, businesses that manage to survive a period of high unemployment (and falling incomes) may benefit from the following:

  • easier recruitment – as there should be more applicants for each vacancy.
  • less pressure to increase wages – as there will be a greater supply of unemployed labour.
  • increased staff retention / lower labour turnover – as employees will be less likely to leave, with fewer alternative job opportunities available elsewhere.

In the case of Bowton, businesses benefited from the Council’s decision to offer grants to businesses that wanted to locate or expand in the town, as the area became in need of regeneration (lines 13-16).  (These grants are discussed in detail in a subsequent section of this Companion / Revision Buddy).

In detail our Complete Teacher’s Companion / Student Revision Buddy contains: 

  • a step-by-step explanation of the key terms, concepts and issues raised (directly or indirectly) in the Case Study.  These are discussed in the order in which they appear in the Case Study.
  • a wide range of mini quizzes, (including answers) – to check and consolidate students’ understanding of the above, and to help make revision fun.  This includes word searches, missing word exercises, classification, opposite activities, match making exercises, crosswords, and  short question and answer exercises.
  • a mock examination paper – to enable students to be tested in more formal examination conditions.
  • mark schemes and a highly comprehensive range of responses to each question posed in the mock examination paper.
  • a list of useful web addresses – providing access to information and videos on topics raised in the Case Study – for students to carry out further research independently.
  • tips on how to maximise performance in the exam.

The Complete Teacher’s Companion / Student Revision Buddy is due out 31 October 2017 –  £75 (+vat) download version (+£2.50 for CD)

Two additional mock papers will also be published by the 30 November 2017 – £25 (+vat) download version (+£2.50 for CD)

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Arkel  Computer Services (Arkel) and GeneeWorld combine to offer the best terms available for schools and nurseries in all the latest IT related technology.

Arkel has been a leading educational supplier since 1983. GeneeWorld visualisers have been the brand leader in their field since 2000.

Arkel is well aware that school budgets are currently stretched to the limit. As such we are able to offer you fantastic prices to enable more equipment for the money you have available. For more information or details of easy payments please call 01858 432495

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Uses up to 75% less power
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55” Classic      £1356 65” Classic        £1887
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Registrar Systems      £2738 (£3189 fully installed and with on-site training)
This is a complete visitor management system comprising:
Printer, webcam, barcode scanner, print labels, 1 year subscription and Sims Integration

Nursery Tables
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All prices are subject to VAT and delivery.
All Prices correct as at 2/10/2017

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Call 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

 

Do you want to improve your school’s outcomes this year?

In 2008 Andy Goulty was appointed as the Headteacher of The Rodillian Academy. Since this time, the Academy has improved from 19% A*-C grade profile, to 80% A*-C in 2017 with a projected P8 score 0.91.

Rodillian Academy now regularly achieves 20+% above FFT D and has established itself in the top 5 for similar schools nationally. During this time Andy and his team were heavily involved in research to develop strategies that would support the journey of the Academy.

As co-writer of Positive Discipline (new format), Andy has supported the implementation of this programme across The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust and following two years of successful conferences many schools nationally have adopted this model to improve their school culture and outcomes.

We are very effective in supporting schools across the country in what we consider very challenging but exciting times in education. We collaborate to transform students’ academic results, life chances, self-esteem, horizons, attendance and behaviour.

If you’re disappointed with outcomes at your school this year or you are open to seeing how we do things differently, sign up to our conferences and see how we:
achieve outstanding leadership and behaviour;
improved climate for learning;
create a more positive climate for colleagues to learn and work in.
This has created a culture and climate for learning which has seen:
improved GCSE results from 19% to 80% A-C profile at The Rodillian Academy
improved GCSE results from 38% to 70% A-C profile at Brayton Academy;
in the second year of GCSE results at the former middle school an A-C profile of 79% at BGG Academy;
improved Progress 8 score of 0.5 to 0.91
For more information, contact us on 01924 872 252 or by email at pdenquiries@rodillianacademy.co.uk.

Kind regards,
Andy Goulty
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The simplest way to ensure that every student has every encouragement to read the classics

Whether your students will be taken with the Picture of Dorian Gray or Jane Eyre….  Whether they enjoy Pride and Prejudice or Frankenstein… in all cases it is vital that each student has the chance to read at least some of the classics during the school years.

Which is why it is rather helpful that so many of the top classics are now available at just £1.88 each after discount, with free delivery.

And to be very, very clear about this, I am talking about a printed paperback edition of the full text, not a shortened version or an ebook rendering. The full text as a regular paperback at £1.88 each with free delivery and no minimum order.

(I am sorry to have repeated this, but I was recently told by a recipient of one of my notes that he had seen the price, but didn’t buy, even though he wanted the book for his students, because he thought it must be a mistake.  But there is no mistake.  £1.88 it is.)

However, this misunderstanding did make me realise that I really did need to show that these are books of the highest quality in terms of production and printing.  And so we now have an extra offer: we’ll send you a free book without any obligation whatsoever.

We have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, with the classics also including a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

Additionally, not only do we have individual titles at £1.88 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.88 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.  Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

Finally if you would like a free without obligation sample of one of our classics, just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

With 3D clay printers it is not just the printing, but also what comes after

For most people, seeing 3D printing with clay for the first time is quite an extraordinary experience.

But in many ways the production of a clay item is just phase one.  For after that the students are able to carve, add surface decorations, handles, and, of course, glazes …  all actions that 3D printing with plastic does not offer.

Indeed in terms of the printing itself we should not just think of traditional clay objects, because a 3D clay printer can work to produce many things, from fossils to artefacts.  As such the 3D clay printer is the perfect mechanism for cross curricular activities bringing in both science and art as well as design and technology across the whole process.

Additionally, because 3D clay printers are light and portable, they can be moved within the school into other departments.  In fact many schools are sharing their 3D clay printer with other schools in their area with each school having the printer for (for example) half a term.

Setting up the 3D clay printer is simplicity itself, and once set up one has a printer that produces its items within the time constraints of a standard lesson – and without any of the environmental impact that 3D printing in plastic can bring.

And just in case that were not enough, a clay printer produces products that parents will be pleased to have in the house – and indeed pleased to pay for, if sold at the school fete, etc.

A six week free trial

Naturally before you commit yourself you’ll want to see that the 3D clay printer really can do all that we say.  Which is why we are currently offering it to schools in your area for free, without obligation, for six weeks.

The 3D clay printer is delivered free of charge, provided with full training to the relevant member of staff, and removed at the end.  Example 3D computer-models are provided to begin with, and our Vase Creator offers a simple and fast introduction to model design for those with fewer computer skills.

In terms of technical details, the 3D clay printer has a footprint of 550 x 350mm and a total height with the cartridge loaded of 1235mm.  As for installation, there are no special requirements – just two plug sockets.  And we deliver by hand at a time convenient to you.

If you would like to see what the machine can do, there is a series of videos of the machine in operation on our website.  You can also find technical details, etc, at www.claybot.co.uk

If you are interested in taking a 3D clay printer for six weeks for free in your school in either the late spring or summer terms (places for the year are diappearing fast!), please do call us on 01926 865109 or email mike@claybot.co.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mike Ellis

There is one issue that is at the very heart of most job applications.

Unfortunately, most students don’t know what it is.

Many young people preparing to enter a workplace for the first time assume they know which skills and attributes employers are looking for.   Unfortunately, in making this assumption, those young people make a grave mistake.

As a result, the way in which the applicant presents him/herself is one which is likely to lead to a rejection.  As a result, applicants can come to see employers as out of touch with the modern world, while the employers see applicants as out of touch with the needs of business.

At the heart of the matter is what are often called “emotional and social competencies”; what are more commonly known as “people skills”.  For many employers have come to realise that generally only about one third of the difference between an excellent employee and an average employee relates to technical skills and cognitive ability.

The rest of the difference between a highly effective employee and an average employee comes in the form of these emotional and social competencies.

Which raises the question, how can we show students who are starting on the journey to employment, what employers are looking for?  In effect, how can they express their social and emotional competencies to those who might give them a job?

The first step must be for the student to understand his/her own social and emotional competencies. Which is why Belbin has produced GetSet – a way of helping students find out about themselves in relation to what employers tend to look for.

GetSet is a set of questionnaires that school students can complete on-line and which generate a detailed set of reports revealing the student’s strengths.  As a result, the students can best present themselves in applications to higher education and to employers.

To help you see how GetSet works, we are happy to offer you or one of your students the chance to take the GetSet questionnaire yourself at no cost or obligation. Then if you feel it would be helpful, you can arrange for the questionnaire to be made available to those students whom you nominate.

To apply for a free questionnaire for yourself or one of your students, please click here – click the contact us at the top of the page and write ‘a free one please’ in the box. To read more about GetSet, please do look at our website here www.belbingetset.com. Or if you have any questions, please email getset@belbin.com or phone 01223 264975.

Lisa Ward

It’s not just the need for an Assembly each day, it’s the need to make each one relevant to the moment

Indeed for many school managers and teachers who deliver assemblies this issue of finding the right assembly to fit with a particular theme or topic is one that many note as the most time consuming aspect of running assemblies.

Which is why the creation of a series of 350 outstanding assemblies that both engage the pupils, and which they will remember over time, was only the first part of our enterprise.

What we have also done is broken those 350 assemblies into 12 categories so that when you need an assembly to fit a particular topic, it becomes easy to find.

The result of this endeavour is The Assembly Box.

Each assembly is fully scripted, and the index allows you to choose your assembly by topics as diverse as community, citizenship, saints’ days, black history, social and emotional stories, and so on.

What’s more, each assembly comes with its own supporting presentation material and a set of ready-to-use key word cards. The assemblies can be downloaded and printed out, thus making them immediately usable without further preparation.

You can read a full example of one of our assemblies by following this link

Additionally you can see the complete list of the 12 main categories our assemblies are divided into on our website, and from there you can go into each category and see the details of all the assemblies on offer.

All the details are available at http://www.assemblybox.co.uk where you can also order on line.

The complete set of all of our assemblies costs £149 (+ VAT). If you have any questions please email enquiries@assemblybox.co.uk

 

Why play therapy support of your pupils is not an option

If your school aims to provide a complete well-being service for all your pupils, and support for your parents a play therapy service is essential – not just an option.

It’s estimated that 20% of all UK children suffer from some type of social, emotional, behaviour or other mental health problem.  The earlier they get help the better.  But it must be safe and effective – not by unqualified, unregistered, unsupervised persons.  Play therapy has a success record of between 77% and 84% when therapy is delivered to Play Therapy UK standards.

Your school will also benefit by:

  • Pupils more able to learn
  • Reduced staff stress
  • Happier parents

If you are not already using a therapist on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists there’s two main ways:

You can find out a lot more about the skills required and the experiential methods of training that we use by attending a one day introduction to play therapy course (13 venues in the UK): http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Training/TrainCrseAPACIntrod1day

Join over 1200 primary schools already using a PTUK therapist.

Phone: Dee Rose on 01825 761143 for more details and availability.

If you would like to have a chat about providing a play therapy service and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@majemail.com

A School Child Physical and Mental Health Policy Document is now available free of charge

According to the government’s own Childhood Obesity Report, nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese.  What’s more, with each passing year more children are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.

Schools are of course not responsible for the complete physical and mental well-being of the children taught in the school.  But recent publications issued by the government suggest that officials now see schools as being in a unique position not only to enhance the intellectual and physical condition of children, but also to help take the message of the dangers of obesity to parents.

As a result, although inspectors are not yet looking to schools to have a child physical and mental health policy in place, they most certainly can be impressed when they find that there is one.

Which is why we thought we would produce just such a document and offer it for free – and with the option that it can readily be adjusted to meet your own local situation.

Our position in evolving this policy stems from the fact that the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges stated in 2017 that “Physical activity is a ‘miracle cure’.”   This is based on the argument that extra activity is able to treat, prevent, and manage up to twenty different lifestyle conditions such as many cancers, diabetes, and heart disease as well as support mental health and wellbeing and prevent of the onset of dementia.

The “School Child Physical and Mental Health Policy Document” is available to all schools free of charge.

The policy comes in the form of a Word document, thus allowing you to amend any parts of it that you wish to meet your particular situation and conditions.

If you would like, without any obligation, a free copy of the policy document please simply email Active@schools.co.uk and write “Free Health Policy Document” in the subject line, and it will be emailed back to you.

If you have any questions about this Policy Document, please do email me on enquiries@imoves.com

Ian Pickles
imoves

Why play therapy support of your children is not an option

If your nursery aims to provide a complete service for your parents and support for all your children, a play therapy service is essential – not just an option.

It’s estimated that 20% of all UK children suffer from some type of social, emotional, behaviour or other mental health problem.  The earlier they get help the better.  But it must be safe and effective – not by unqualified, unregistered, unsupervised persons.  Play therapy has a success record of between 77% and 84% when therapy is delivered to Play Therapy UK standards.

If you are not already using a therapist on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists there’s two main ways:

You can find out a lot more about the skills required and the experiential methods of training that we use by attending a one day introduction to play therapy course (13 venues in the UK): http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Training/TrainCrseAPACIntrod1day

Phone: Dee Rose on 01825 761143 for more details and availability.

If you would like to have a chat about providing a play therapy service and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@majemail.com

3D clay printers are so light and easy to set up they can easily be shared among schools

There are many benefits to using 3D clay printers as opposed to 3D printers that utilise plastics or other materials.  And key to better and wider use is that the machines are portable.

This means that once you have a 3D clay printer you can easily share it with other schools in your cluster – thus making the technology readily affordable across several schools, while allowing a large number of students to experience 3D printing for themselves.

What’s more, setting up the 3D clay printer is simplicity itself, and once set up one has a printer that produces its items within the time constraints of a standard lesson – and without any of the environmental impact that (for example) plastic 3D printing brings.

And just in case that were not enough, a clay printer produces products that parents will be pleased to have in the house – and indeed pleased to pay for, if sold at the school fete.

Now I appreciate that having 3D clay printers in schools is a new idea and we need to prove their worth, and that is why we are willing to let you have a 3D clay printer in your school for free, without obligation, for six weeks.

The 3D clay printer is, of course, delivered free of charge, provided with full training to the relevant member of staff, and naturally removed at the end.  Example 3D computer-models are provided to begin with, and our Vase Creator offers a simple and fast introduction to model design.

In terms of technical details, the 3D clay printer has a footprint of 550 x 350mm and a total height with the cartridge loaded of 1235mm.  As for installation, there are no special requirements – just two plug sockets.  And we deliver by hand at a time convenient to you.

If you are interested in taking a 3D clay printer for six weeks for free in your school in the spring term 2018, please do call us on 01926 865109 or email mike@claybot.co.uk

If you would like to see what the machine can do, there is a series of videos of the machine in operation on our website.  You can also find technical details etc at www.claybot.co.uk

The simple and effective way to help students succeed in their maths lessons and exams……..

 

 Sometimes, however many times we  remind  students  to bring the right equipment to lessons and exams, there tends to be a few who have either forgotten they’ve got a maths lesson or exam  or have remembered,  but  arrive without a pen, ruler, pencil, compass  etc.

It’s now possible to obtain a “ready made” solution to this problem … 

The  “Value Maths Set”  contains a metal compass and half pencil, two quality black ink ballpens,  HB pencil, 15 cm ruler,  180 degree protractor, eraser and  sharpener.  All packed in a convenient “exam friendly,”   clear pvc zip up wallet. Reassuringly good value and an instant solution to the problem of students turning up for lessons and exams without the correct kit.

Only   £ 1.25  (160+)    £ 1.29  (80+)     £ 1.32  (1-79)      ex vat

The Value Maths Set is ideal to give out just before  lessons or exams  to ensure that every student has got what they need.  It’s  a simple and cost effective solution to the problems caused by students turning up without the right equipment.

Value Maths sets”  can be obtained from:

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  PO Box 999, London, E14 6SH

Tel: 020 7515 1797  Fax:  020 7515 4420    email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

www.signposteducational.co.uk

Why the “Deck Ahoy Primary Mathematics Activities and Games” book comes with a serious argument warning.

Parent: What did you do in school today?

Child: We played cards.  It was good.

Parent: In the lesson?  You played cards in the lesson?

Child: Yup. What’s for tea?

Parent: Put that phone away.

Child: Why?

Parent: Well if you’ve been playing all day you’ll have to do some work now.

Child: That’s so unfair.

Fortunately the above scenario has only been reported to us in one case following a lesson using our “Deck Ahoy Primary Mathematics Activities and Games” book.

But in these days of multiple legal claims against publishers for providing highly effective materials for use in the classroom which then cause an argument at home, we are now obliged to point out the dangers of such materials.

“Deck Ahoy” can result in a significant upturn in the speed at which KS1 and KS2 children come to understand addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, statistics, time, ratios, squares, and cubes and graphs.

But it can also be responsible for some distressing scenes at home involving an estimated one child in every 18,352* that experiences the lesson.

You can read more about Deck Ahoy on our website and see a whole range of sample materials from the book.

*This is an estimate** and may not be true.

** Estimates not included in the book.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

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email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

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“What is the single greatest asset that a teenager can have?” A free report.

There was a time when looking neat and tidy was considered to be of prime importance for any teenager when going to a job, college, or university interview.

Later there was a period when being able to offer coherent answers to standard interview questions such as, “Why do you want this job?” was thought to be particularly helpful.

And yes, there is still something to be said for both points of view.  But it is also true that in recent years many of those who are interviewing candidates for jobs, and those looking to offer places in further and higher education, have changed their stance.

Now there is a much greater tendency than ever before for interviewers to consider applicants in terms of much deeper and more fundamental personality traits.

It is true that many application forms and interviews invite the applicant to say something about him/herself.  Others give this more depth by providing a touch of context as in, “How do you think you’d get on working in a team?”

But in a very real sense that is a trick question.  A trick because it invites the answer, “I think I am very much a team player; I listen to others and I’m able to contribute when appropriate.”

Such an answer sounds absolutely right – which is why applicants give it – yet increasingly it is exactly the answer that causes employers and admissions tutors to reject an applicant.

For increasingly they are NOT looking for a generalised belief that one is a team player, but rather for people who already know what they would bring to a team situation.

This transition in requirement is catching many applicants out, and for this reason Belbin has produced a new, free, report for tutors of school leavers, which deals with the issue of Team Roles – the topic that has become of prime importance to many who consider applications from school leavers.

If you would like a free copy of this report please email lisa@belbin.com and write “A teenager’s greatest asset report” in the subject line and we will send it back to you at once.  There is no charge, and absolutely no obligation, and I’ll be happy to hear from you with any questions you may have.

You can also read more about Belbin and our work at www.belbingetset.com.

I look forward to hearing from you

Lisa Ward

What is the easiest way to raise the grades and achievement of every pupil in the school?

The answer to this question was provided last school year by the government.  And it is rather curious, because I suspect that until most of us saw the evidence we wouldn’t have guessed.

It appears from a whole raft of medical evidence that 30 minutes a day of additional physical activity not only cuts down the chances of obesity but also results in dramatic improvements in behaviour and academic achievement.

As a bonus the children who engage in this will also have a lower chance of suffering from mental health issues during the rest of their school lives.

It is the sheer breadth of the benefits that pupils accrue through such activities that has prompted imoves to develop a series of over 1000 curriculum-based active lessons and activities which meet the requirements of this new initiative.

All of these can be undertaken within normal lessons within the regular classroom or, if you prefer, in a hall or outdoors.

So convinced are we of the benefits of the programme that we have decided to offer you a chance to use the programme free of charge.  In short you and your colleagues can take any five lessons without any cost or commitment by the school.

What’s more, these lessons are each complete in themselves, with interactive movies, supporting lesson plans, flashcards, music, and assessments, making the whole process easy to plan, teach, and evaluate.

In effect it means that the complete requirement of 30 minutes a day additional physical activity can now be met by the school using these resources, integrating them easily into the normal teaching timetable.

And the improvement in grades and achievement comes as a bonus.

You can read more about imoves’ active lessons and choose the lessons that you wish to try out, from literacy to science, from PSHE to PE, on our website.

You can, of course, sign up to the free use of the resources straightaway, but if you have any questions please do email enquiries@imoves.com or phone us on 0114 2661061.

Ian Pickles

Imoves

Want to better support your boys?

Have you considered accredited mentoring?

How to effectively engage young males with education and provide them with the support and encouragement they need to go on to bigger and better things is always a concern for staff.

Mentoring, as well as offering an evidence-based approach to work with young men, helps young men to achieve their academic and vocational potential, addresses concerns related to problematic behaviours – and provides go-to support and signposting to other services from someone they have built trust with.

The Unit Award in Mentoring Boys and Young Men is a Level 2 award providing your staff/students with an understanding of mentoring work. Whether it is for your staff to better engage with boys or for the boys themselves to support one another, mentoring is an approach that has been shown to work.

The workshop covering the award criteria is 4 hours long. Each staff/student undertaking the award will be provided with their own copy of the Mengage course book: Mentoring Male: A guide to mentoring work with boys and young men. A Level 2 certificate will be issued upon completion.

The workshop costs £1295 for up to 10 staff or up to 15 students or a one-off date on Thursday 12th October CLICK HERE.

For more information or to discuss a booking, you can contact Liam by email at liam@mengage.co.uk or by phone on 07788725318.

Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.mengage.co.uk to see what else we offer with regards to mental health and raising boys’ achievement.

When should your school lease a minibus, and why?

When to lease: If you don’t have the large upfront costs of a minibus already in place, and can’t raise them anytime soon.

Why lease? It is quicker and easier to raise the monthly fee of a lease each month (or to cover a few months) than it is to raise the entire cost of a minibus in a short space of time.

Furthermore, when we consider the rate at which a vehicle depreciates, by the time any loan has been paid off the vehicle may no longer be considered a much of an asset. Thus, it could also be argued that leasing is more cost effective in the long run as you are paying to use the vehicle rather than own it.

When to lease: If you can’t raise enough money for the vehicle’s annual MOTs, services and repairs, and/or if you don’t have a member of staff who has time to organise the vehicle’s annual MOTs, services and repairs.

Why lease? Many leasing companies, such as Benchmark Leasing, can include the cost of the vehicle’s MOTs, services and some repairs* in the lease price, so there will be very little or no further costs to pay on top of the monthly lease fee. Additionally, Benchmark Leasing will help organise the minibus’s MOTs, services and repairs for you, so your staff can focus their attention on what they were employed to do: teach.

For more information about leasing a minibus with Benchmark Leasing, simply visit http://www.minibusleasing.co.uk/schools-minibus.php. Alternatively, you can call us on 01753 859944 or email us at minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Access 3,800 education quizzes for free for a whole year

“It is a fun way of reinforcing all the great work being done by teachers every day in the classroom.”

– Chris Packham, TV presenter, author and education advocate.

“Now, we all know that keeping learning fun and informative is the key to gaining and keeping pupils’ interest and concentration, which is why I have become a massive fan of the website, Education Quizzes.”

This is what TV presenter, author, and education advocate, Chris Packham, said when he was asked what he thought about Education Quizzes. But that is not all…

“You see, they are written by teachers who understand the sticking points that pupils have when they are trying to understand a complex subject.

“And reassuringly, the online quizzes follow the national curriculum that is taught in school.

“So what makes them so different? Well these quizzes are like the building blocks of learning. They break down subjects into bitesize chunks, and in doing this, they declutter some of these complex topics into easy to understand questions and answers.

“As your pupils progress through the questions, the quiz will provide your pupils with an explanation as to why they got a questions wrong, and just as importantly, why they got a question right.

“Education Quizzes is different in that it wants you to enforce the theory behind the learning. It wants to make sure that pupils really understand the building blocks of that particular subject. And as your pupils’ understanding grows, the quizzes get harder.

“Furthermore, the performance reports will reassure you that your pupils are comfortable in their understanding of that level and ready to progress to the next stage.

“And do you know what I really like about it? Is that it is a fun way of reinforcing all the great work being done by teachers every day in the classroom.”

To sign your school up to Education Quizzes for free for a whole year and to access the 3,800 (and growing) quizzes on the Education Quizzes website, simply visit www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/. And if you have any queries, you can easily contact us by sending an email to admin@educationquizzes.com.

Get your students to take action to protect children caught up in conflicts

Free Teaching Resources

Is ‘disability’ a word your students associate with the war in Syria? Much has been written about the conflict but few people realise it is one of the most disabling wars in history. Over two million people have been injured and one in five Syrian refugees now has a disability. War has changed and towns and cities are now battlefields; hospitals and schools are regularly bombed. This term your students can learn more, get involved and speak up to protect innocent civilians.

Your students can take action and develop their citizenship skills by exploring the impact of conflict on Syrian children as part of Handicap International’s Forgotten 10 Challenge – 10 days of action from 1st to 10th December.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an insight into what it is like for injured and disabled people caught up in conflict and to take citizenship action by using our teaching resources as a stimulus for learning and raising awareness amongst their peers. Students can also support our campaign to protect civilians from explosive weapons and fundraise to help clear unexploded weapons and provide rehabilitation care to injured and disabled victims of conflict.

To order your free Action Pack, visit:

www.handicap-international.org.uk/forgotten10

The Action Pack includes details of a range of free teaching resources to order including Syria’s Young Survivors interactive posters, PowerPoints and films, along with ideas for assemblies, classroom activities and whole school events.

If you would like to find out more about how your school could get involved, please email john.mcgeachy@hi-uk.org or call me on 0870 774 3737.

I’m looking forward to working with you this term and having a big impact!

Best wishes,

John

John McGeachy
Forgotten 10 Challenge Coordinator

P.S. Since 2012 our teams have worked with over 600,000 injured, disabled and vulnerable people caught up in the conflict in Syria.

Handicap International UK
9 Rushworth Street,
London SE1 0RB
Email: john.mcgeachy@hi-uk.org
Tel: 0870 774 3737
Text Relay: 18001 0870 774 3737
www.handicap-international.org.uk/schools

Why should a school encourage parents to become involved in the Active School initiative?

It is clear that as part of the government’s Active Schools initiative there is the implication that schools should help encourage parents to make their children more active.

Certainly there’s no doubt that if parents can be convinced of the benefit of additional activity for their children, that can have an enormous benefit for the school.

At the heart of the evidence surrounding the Active School initiative is the fact that additional activity not only makes the children physically fitter, but it also dramatically improves children’s intellectual abilities while reducing disciplinary issues, improving sociability, and reducing mental health problems.

In short, active children are easier to work with in school, cause fewer problems, and get better academic results.

Given that set of facts which are clearly laid out in reports from the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and others, if one can persuade parents to get their children to be more active, this can be the single simplest step towards increasing attainment in schools.

imoves works with schools in delivering activity sessions that can take place within lessons, and as part of our work we have produced a short document that explains to parents the benefits of activity and encourages them to be involved.

The document can be placed on your school’s website or forwarded to parents by email or in printed form, and is available from imoves free of charge and, of course, without any obligation.

What’s more, because it comes as a Word file you can, if you wish, amend it so that it relates directly to issues in your school and of course translate it into other languages.

For your free copy of “We’re becoming a more active school: how your child can benefit” simply email Active@schools.co.uk and write “We’re becoming a more active school” in the subject line.  We’ll send it back to you straight away.

Assessing Primary Languages by interpreting the requirements of the KS2 Programmes of Study

The most effective way of ensuring progress in Foreign Languages among your KS2 pupils is by breaking the Programmes of Study into achievable, understandable objectives, creating a unified tracking approach which can then be used by any KS2 teacher to plan their lessons.

How do you translate the vague curriculum requirements such as ‘speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures’ into a four year scheme of work?

And then, how do you record progress when the national curriculum does not provide much guidance?

It is with these questions in mind that we have developed Assessing Primary Languages – a resource that supports both specialist and non-specialist teachers of primary languages in interpreting the requirements of the KS2 Programme of Study and measuring pupils’ progress.

Classroom teachers and subject leaders will find this resource invaluable, not least because the tried and tested framework is a rigorous tool which can be used for planning, but also because teachers are given help with deciding what ʻsubstantial progressʼ actually looks like.

The framework is clearly laid out and breaks the Programme of Study into smaller areas which are then cross-referenced across four stages, so the task of assessing all aspects of the Programme of Study has never been easier.

Assessing Primary Languages also contains a large number of creative and adaptable ready-to-use activities, including those which can be used to support you in measuring your pupils’ progress for each area and at each stage.

To find out more or to order Assessing Primary Languages for £37.89 (exc. VAT), please visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/assessing-primary-languages-743. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 767122

Can you really get a ‘bespoke’ Primary School assessment system for less than many off-the-shelf systems?

Yes you can! – with support from our Primary Progress toolkit.

Our system is flexible enough to allow schools to create their own assessment policy, and MAT managements to compare their schools’ progress and attainment.

Schools can:

pick their own subjects and curriculum statements/objectives (the toolkit can import these or provide a default set to edit).

agree their own assessment grades, which define pupils’ steps towards mastering the curriculum: we have schools who use 3 steps (e.g. emerging, expected, exceeding) 4 or 5 steps (e.g. below, towards, at expected, at greater depth), even 9 and 12 point numeric scales.

use a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments (the toolkit provides this).

set Age Related Expectations or Targets for each term/year (the toolkit has a simple way to set these).

analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track (the toolkit provides multiple reports e.g statements achieved, subject attainment, combined subjects, ARE, individual pupil, whole school overview of attainment and progress, EYFS)

The MAT can get:

a dashboard giving access to all the individual school toolkits, together with overview reports which summarise results at MAT level and compare schools’ performance.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, or if you have set up a system in Excel and are finding it time-consuming to maintain, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, please email me at statsed@gmail.com.

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

 

In the battle between the paper book and the ebook, the physical book is now winning, hands down.

They were not the figures that anyone was expecting, but the fall in the readership of ebooks first noticed two years ago has continued.  Meanwhile sales of paper books are growing.

And better still, this growth in paper book sales is not being driven by the older generation holding onto the way things used to be.  Rather it is the youngsters who are feeding a growth in the purchase of books in print.

Overall last year sales of physical books in bookshops (the best measure we have of the readership of paperbacks and hardbacks) went up by 7% while ebook sales went down by 4% for the second year running.

Which in turn means that any previous notion we had of student resistance to physical books is most certainly now in retreat.

And what we can add is that classics, such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Christmas Carol, are still being read in huge numbers.  And with brand new editions of works such as these now being available at just £1.87 each after discount with free delivery, the ebook’s appeal has declined.

To help ensure the continued dominance of the paper book we have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, and with the classics there is also a set of exclusive introductions and notes.

Additionally not only do we have individual titles at £1.87 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before discount, and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.87 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready to use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.  Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

But even that is not all, for we also have an offer of a free book.  Just in case the notion of books at £1.87 each with free delivery seems just too good to be true, we’d like to assure you of the quality of our publications.

So, if you would like a free sample of one of our classics, just email education@wordsworth-editions.com with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

How play can be used to reduce disruptive behaviour

Play is complex and ambiguous.  There are many ways of classifying and analysing it.  One approach defines seven types.  It’s generally agreed that play is essential for normal child development.  It may also used in conjunction with the creative arts to heal damaged minds.

An approach has been developed in the UK, over the last fifteen years, to minimise the disruption caused by pupils who have behaviour problems and for others whose learning is undermined by emotional problems.  The Integrative Holistic model of Play Therapy now has a clinical evidence base of over 12,000 cases showing its effectiveness.  It is being used in 45 countries and over 1500 primary schools in the UK.

When therapy is delivered to the standards of Play Therapy UK, between 77% and 84% of the children show a positive change as observed by teachers and parents.

Training for SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching Assistants is available at 13 conveniently located venues in the UK.  Post Graduate awards by Leeds Beckett University.   Admission to the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists,  accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent UK government funded agency.  www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills – 15 days spread over 5 three day weekends to minimise time away from school.

One day Introduction to Play Therapy course – find out more about the model, if it’s suitable for your school and our innovative training methods.

For course details please phone Dee Rose on 01825 761143

If you would to know more about how we could help your school or about the seven different types of play:  Email me personally at  mokijep@majemail.com

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK

Maths Enrichment workshops 2017/18

World of Maths goes into schools to host maths days. We offer your pupils interactive, exciting, hands-on, problem-solving activities.

Our Maths days comprise unique displays and activities designed by qualified maths teachers.  We run 34 different activities each year, so no two visits to your school will be the same.

Activities cover a variety of Maths topics, and most activities relate to real-life situations.  Students are kept fully occupied in small groups with worksheets to write down their answers.

All abilities are catered for and promote positive attitudes towards mathematics.

An 8 page answer/follow-on booklet supplied.

We are now taking bookings for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Should you be interested in booking please email or call me. There is also more information on our website at www.worldofmaths.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sophie
World of Maths UK
Free call: 0800 6124 716

bookings@worldofmaths.co.uk

How would you like free maths kit when you order scientific calculators…..?

 

For 22 years I was a secondary school teacher working in inner London…….. and during this time one of the most frustrating aspects of my job was students who turned up for lessons without the right kit.

Sometimes it could simply be a pen they’d forgotten or, on one occasion (when I was working in a south London school)  five minutes before the start of the GCSE maths exam, one of the candidates asked me if he could borrow a calculator ! 

So where does the free maths kit come into all this ….?     

There’s a product called the “Value Maths set”  which contains the basic equipment needed for most maths lessons …. it’s not only reasonably priced but can be a big help for both students and teachers in avoiding the disruption which may be caused when some students turn up for their lessons without the right kit.

From just £ 1.25 each, (ex vat) it contains a metal compass with half pencil, two good quality black ink pens, eraser, sharpener, 15 cm ruler, protractor, and a full length HB pencil…. All packed in a handy “exam friendly” clear PVC wallet with a zip slider.

For a limited period it’s possible to get free stocks of this product …see the website of

Signpost Educational Ltd.,  www.signposteducational.co.uk  for full details or phone them on 020 7515 1797 or email:  info@signposteducational.co.uk

Beat the Price Increases on Interactive Touchscreens

There comes a time with all technology when more modern equipment supersedes it. Years ago we used blackboards with chalk. Several generations later we were using Interactive whiteboards (IWB) with projectors. Believe it or not these have been in circulation in schools for around twenty years.  However time moves on and schools are now moving over to Interactive Touchscreens (ITS). These have all the benefits of IWBs plus many more:

  • Use up to 75% less power
  • Crystal clear viewing in any light conditions
  • Useable in any rooms and are not wall dependent
  • No shadows
  • No need for unsightly projector fittings

There are several brands of ITS on the market but only one is so confident of its product that it offers a warranty of up to Seven Years. GeneeWorld offers a warranty on all its touchscreens of between five and seven years.

Genee is already a world renowned  brand in the education market as the leader in visualiser technology. They have used this knowledge of classroom technology and interactivity to design a board that can not only interact with legacy software, but has its own bespoke Spark software for giving you the very best results. To watch a 12 minute video of these products go to http://www.arkel.co.uk/genee

Arkel Computer Services is an Accredited Geneeworld partner and can offer you best prices for all Genee products. If you have a requirement for an ITS, visualiser or any other Genee product please call Arkel on 01858 432495 or contact sales@arkel.co.uk

Whilst current stock lasts, prices of Interactive Touch Screens start from £1299.

However, for your guidance we have listed the price of some of the more popular products below:

G-Touch Slim 55” Classic £1299

G-Touch Slim 65” Classic: £1896

Larger Screens are also available from 70” up to 86”. Prices on application.

We also offer a full installation and fitting service in your area. Please call 01858 432495 for prices which will vary according to quantity and size of the boards.

Genee Visualisers From £128

All prices are subject to delivery charges and VAT.

Arkel also offer all other forms of IT hardware and technical support. For a better idea of the scope of how we can help, go to: www.arkel.co.uk or call us on 01858 432495 or email sales@arkel.co.uk

Arkel Computer Services Ltd, 38 Granville St, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9EX

Please note that because of the weakness of Sterling, prices will increase during September. Early orders will guarantee the best price.

 

Give your students the advantage of live performance

It’s the beginning of term, time is precious, so I’ll keep it short.

Fred Theatre has four productions touring to schools this year:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (autumn term)

MACBETH and ROMEO AND JULIET (spring term)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (summer term)

Our schedule is filling up, but we are still able to book in performances.

To receive more information, please call Robert on 07974 210265 or email helen@fred-theatre.co.uk

Fred Theatre Limited

classic drama, contemporary theatre

www.fred-theatre.co.uk

 

If your school can’t quite afford to lease a brand-new minibus, has it considered leasing half?

Despite the recent huge growth in interest in learning outside the classroom, schools are limited as to how much Learning Outside the Classroom they can offer, not least because, as 60% of subject leaders reported, booking the school minibus can be somewhat of a challenge.

And in the current economic climate acquiring an additional minibus (even on a lease) is no longer a financially viable option for many schools, which is why some have opted to lease half a minibus – thus increasing their opportunity for LOtC.

Indeed the notion of leasing half a minibus might sound strange but it simply means sharing a minibus with a neighbouring school in the same cluster, trust or council, and thus reducing the costs associated with leasing an additional minibus by 50%.

If you are interested in learning more about leasing half a minibus and how it could work for your school, please do call 01753 859944 and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, you can email minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk.

And if you would like to have a look at the type of minibuses that we regularly lease to schools before getting in contact, please visit www.minibusleasing.co.uk/school-minibus.php.

What are the two key factors most likely to enhance students’ A and AS level biology results?

Interestingly, the key factors that enhance student progress at A and AS level biology are by and large quite widely known and accepted by most teachers.

The problem has always been (at least until now) getting students to implement them.

The first factor, of course, involves stopping students simply “reading through” textbook materials and instead persuading them to move over to active learning in which they handle and manipulate information as they progress.

The second factor involves having a system through which students can rapidly find information on related concepts and issues, so that they neither make false assumptions nor fail to see how information across different topics fits together.

Because of the importance of these two issues, they were naturally at the centre of our thinking as my colleagues and I came to the task of devising a new set of materials for A and AS Level Biology.

As a result BIOZONE produced not a text book in the traditional sense, but an interactive workbook which forces the students to make their learning active, thus enhancing thinking and embedding the learning into the student’s long term memory.

At the same time we devised a unique tab system which identifies relevant online resources and connections to related concepts across the entire specification.  In short the learning more rapidly becomes part of a meaningful, unified approach, rather than a set of different topics.

To show how this works in practice I would be delighted to supply you with sample downloads completely free of charge.

Simply click here for these free resources.

Alternatively if you have any questions please do call 01283 530366 or email sales@biozone.co.uk.

Richard Allan

CEO, BIOZONE

These two scientific calculators could be all your students need for the new school year …

The LOGIK brand of calculators has been used  successfully in primary and secondary schools during the past fifteen years.  If you’re considering  scientific calculators for the new school year then their two “flagship” models, the LK 183 and the LK 83XP are well worth considering.

Both calculators have a THREE year warranty (excludes damage to LCD) and are suitable for KS 3, 4 and GCSE.  Both calcs come with  hard plastic keys, a slide-on case and all the features and functions your students will need for  GCSE maths.   From only £ 3.69  each (ex vat) both calcs are also available in class sets of 30 in a Gratnells storage box with a foam insert and handy clip on lid.

More details can be found on the website of Signpost Educational Ltd www.signposteducational.co.uk

or contact them by phone on 020 7515 1797   or email at:    info@signposteducational.co.uk

Helping those who are slipping behind, in the most dramatic of ways.

There is one time of the year during which everyone expects something new: September.  Students have obviously advanced a year, there may perhaps be some new members of staff, there are newcomers in the school just starting their secondary schooling.

Such a moment can be the perfect time to suggest a change.   Especially if the change involves the introduction of a new process to aid those students whose literacy attainments were particularly below average in the previous year.

Indeed, if these students then make a great leap forwards in literacy, that change will have a dramatic impact on not just the students and their parents but also on the whole school. Word spreads that your school really can and will make a difference in terms of literacy.

The approach that can achieve such a dramatic turnaround from the beginning of the academic year uses one-to-one tuition for selected pupils and students – but without the costs normally associated with these sorts of initiatives.

Of course, these are bold claims and you will want to see this validated.  This is why we offer a free trial of our approach. If you arrange a trial now, we can ensure this happens in the first half of the coming term.

Through our program, every literacy misunderstanding and every concept not fully grasped is instantly spotted, resulting in the student being taken back a step for remedial work. After this, progress and advancement resumes.

Each individual’s literacy needs are thus analysed and each student is directed to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits before advancing through to the next set of skills.

Because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, the student then gets a feeling of success and progress which of itself is highly motivational.

To enable you to see this process in action before making any firm decisions, there is more information about Lexia Strategies® and the extraordinary results that other schools have seen here.

You can also read a variety of case studies here. You will find on the top right of the page the link to gain full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email info@lexiauk.co.uk

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

How many books by Danish authors in your school library?

Yes, you probably have some fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen there, but can you even name another Danish author? Astrid Lindgren, you cry, but no, she was actually Swedish.

Your students are probably surprisingly knowledgeable about Danish literature, even so. While many have enjoyed the recent films about Thor and Loki, few realise these Super Heroes are ancient Gods from the Nordic myths and legends.

To motivate them to find out more, there’s a new Danish classic on offer called Erik and the Gods; Journey to Valhalla by the distinguished Dane Lars-Henrik Olsen. (He also set up the Panda Club for the World Wildlife Fund but that’s another story…)

Aimed at lovers of adventure stories such as ‘Beast Quest’ this rollicking tale of a13 year old battling Giants and Monsters, has been translated into English for the first time. It’s considered the Danish equivalent to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and has won awards in Denmark and the UK. And yes, there’s going to be a film…

If you would like to read a copy – or book the author to give a talk at your school in October – there is an immediate opportunity. Or if you’d like to know more about our other YA fiction titles in translation,  please do call 0203 261 0000 or email cheryl@aurorametro.com or simply visit our website today: www.aurorametro.com.

Cheryl Robson

 

What is the simplest way to ensure that you meet the new 30 minutes a day physical activity directive?

Like so many government directives, the new “30 minutes a day additional physical activity”, which is prescribed for all pupils from this term onwards, comes with a multitude of benefits but little guidance as to how such a programme may be fitted into the average school day.

Certainly on the benefits side there can be little argument, for report after report has shown that children in engaging in this sort of activity are less likely to become obese. Furthermore they will show an improvement in behaviour and academic achievement and will have a lower chance of suffering from mental health issues.

Indeed it is the sheer breadth of the benefits available to schools and pupils that has prompted imoves to develop a series of over 1000 curriculum-based active lessons and activities which meet the requirements of this new initiative.

So convinced are we of the benefits of the programme that we have decided to offer you a chance to use the programme free of charge.  With this option you and your colleagues can take any five lessons without any cost or commitment by the school.

What’s more, these lessons are each complete in themselves, with interactive movies, supporting lesson plans, flashcards, music and assessments, making the whole process easy to plan, teach, and evaluate.

In effect it means that the complete requirement of 30 minutes a day additional physical activity can now be met by the school using these resources, integrating them easily into the normal teaching timetable.

All the activities can take place in the normal classroom, hall, or outdoors, and, as the government reports clearly say, the results (in terms of improved learning, focus, and behaviour) will be witnessed very quickly indeed.

You can read more about the imoves active lessons and choose any five that you wish to try out, from literacy to science, from PSHE to PE, on our website.

You can, of course, sign up straightaway, but if you have any questions please do email enquiries@imoves.com or phone us on 0114 2661061.

Ian Pickles

Imoves

What is the single most important issue when buying hoodies for school leavers?

Of course, when a hoodie, a tee-shirt, or anything else is chosen as part of the official leaving clothing for those now departing the school, the look of the items will be what attracts the students first of all.

But hidden behind this is a second factor, and one that turns out to be much more important.

Because it turns out that some items of leavers’ clothing are made on the basis that they are only going to be worn once or twice.  After that, it is argued, it doesn’t matter if the clothing deteriorates, because the leaver won’t be wearing it any more.

Thus the quality of the clothing can be cut.  But although such an approach does cut costs, it can also seriously damage the school’s reputation.  For it turns out that many leavers keep their leavers’ clothing as a memento.  And if they see it rapidly deteriorating that can affect their view of the school they have just left far more than one might imagine.

As we all know, negative comments spread like wildfire on social media, and therefore what should have been a positive statement about the old school now becomes a totally negative statement about the shoddiness of the clothing provided for the leavers.

Which is why there is one company, LeaversGear, which specialises in quality, not just for leavers but for all school apparel, be it for school trips, outdoor activities, or sports teams.

To take our hoodies as an example, we offer a slightly heavier weight at 310gsm against the cheaper standard 280 gsm, with double fabric hood and self colour chunky flat cords.  They have a kangaroo pouch pocket with concealed ipad and phone pocket, ribbed cuff and hem and twin needle stitching detail.

What’s more, not only is our quality exceptional, we are very competitively priced as well.

And there’s no need to guess at sizes; we will send you samples at no cost.  We just ask you to return the samples when you’ve finished with them.

For more details please see our website www.Leaversgear.com

For early response:-E-mail: enquiries@leaversgear.com

Phone 07801 897272

Leavers Gear
31 Peacock Road
Kings Heath
Birmingham B13 0NZ

How can disruptive behaviour be reduced?

A new approach has been developed in the UK to minimise the disruption caused by pupils who have behaviour problems and for others whose learning is undermined by emotional problems.  The solution is the Integrative Holistic model of Play Therapy.  This now has a clinical evidence base of over 12,000 cases showing its effectiveness.  It is being used in 45 countries and over 1500 primary schools in the UK.

When therapy is delivered to the standards of Play Therapy UK, between 77% and 84% of the children show a positive change as observed by teachers and parents.

Training for SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching Assistants is available at 13 conveniently located venues in the UK.  Post Graduate awards by Leeds Beckett University.   Admission to the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists,  accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, an independent UK government funded agency.  www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills – 15 days spread over 5 three day weekends to minimise time away from school.

One day Introduction to Play Therapy Course – find out more about the model, if it’s suitable for your school and our innovative training methods.

For more information: Email me personally at  mokijep@aol.com

Kind regards

Monika Jephcott – Chief Executive Play Therapy UK

‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’ – BBC documentary series

Following the launch of the BBC documentary series, ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’, now is a better time than any to ensure that the message of gender equality is spread as far and wide as possible – not least because we are now fully equipped with the scientific backing that is required to persuade any sceptics.

For those of you who haven’t already watched it (highly recommended), the documentary series explores how gender stereotypes are affecting boys and girls alike, despite both genders being equally proficient, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically up until puberty.

A highly effective way of conveying this message to your pupils is in morning assemblies, which is why Brilliant Publications is giving away one of the 50 assembly stories from the popular Modern Christian Assembly Stories volume to whomever is interested.

This particular assembly story is entitled Comfort’s story: showing boys and girls they are equals, and challenges gender stereotypes, using football as the example.

Alongside the assembly story we have also provided some teacher notes which include links to PSMC and propose a range of questions that you can ask your pupils to get them involved. There is also a short explanation as to what the Christian view is on the topic, as well as a prayer that you can incorporate into the assembly, if you choose.

Click here for the FREE assembly story and accompanying teacher notes

For more information or to order Modern Christian Assembly Stories for £17.99 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for £21.89,please visit www.brilliantpublications.co.
uk/book/modern-christian-assembly-stories-710
.

Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

How can an individual student most readily reach his/her full potential?

There is a conundrum here: how does any of us know what our full potential is?  How do we know which subject will be the one that will allow us to shine?  How do we know which job we would enjoy the most; which profession we would be the most successful in?

Furthermore, the world of work is increasingly focussed on teams of people working together.  As a result employers are not looking for hard-working all-rounders, but for people who can bring something particular to the team.

They want the brilliantly creative (but annoyingly forgetful) person, working alongside one who methodically evaluates all the options and then makes rapid judgements.  The specialist inevitably overloading everyone with too much information working alongside the implementer who picks the key points, plans the strategy, and makes it happen.

Thus employers do indeed need perfectionists who will painstakingly work through the matter at hand to weed out the errors.  But they also need the free thinkers who can suddenly come up with previously unimagined solutions to problems within the company.

As a result the people who get the exciting jobs are the ones who can identify themselves correctly within the multiplicity of roles that organisations now have.  The old days of being able to write a catch all CV which focuses on exam results and says, “I’m hard working, a team player, reliable and practical, but also creative…”  are long gone

GetSet from Belbin is a questionnaire-based approach to helping students find out about their own strengths and talents.

To help you see the value that can be gained from completing the survey, we are very happy to offer you the chance to take the GetSet questionnaire yourself at no cost or obligation.

Then, if you feel it would be helpful to your students you can arrange for the questionnaire to be made available to those students whom you nominate.

To apply for a free questionnaire for yourself or one of your students please click here – click  the contact us at the top of the page and write ‘a free one please’ in the box. To read more about GetSet please do look at our website here www.belbingetset.com .   Or if you have any questions please email getset@belbin.com or phone 01223 264975.

Lisa Ward

If a school ordered 600 of a new scientific calculator in June 2016 and then another 600 of the same model in March 2017, what would your conclusions be?

It’s probably safe to assume that the school was satisfied with the new calculator and that it met the criteria of their maths department as well as being suitable for use at KS 3, 4 and in GCSE exams.

…and the calculator in question? It’s the Logik LK 83XP, featuring “natural display” format, dual power (battery & solar) prime factorisation, stats calculations, random numbers, trig functions, algebraic logic, hyperbolics, and a host of other features which make it a sensible choice for KS 3, KS 4 and GCSE maths. Standard and Higher Grade, Junior & Leaving Certificate

The LK 83XP has auto shut off (to preserve battery life), hard plastic keys & a slide-on case for durability plus a THREE year guarantee. It’s an excellent alternative to the brand leader and at a time when school budgets are under pressure its cost is reassuringly modest…from only £ 5.29 each ex vat. Standard and Higher Grade, Junior & Leaving Certificate

Further details of the LK 83XP dual power scientific calc be found at:

or contact Signpost Educational Ltd on 020 7515 1797 or email: info@signposteducational.co.uk

Signpost Educational Ltd., PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

Can you really get a ‘bespoke’ Primary School assessment system for less than many off-the-shelf systems?

With support from our Primary Progress toolkit, yes you can.

Our system is flexible enough to allow schools to manage their own assessment policy, and MAT management to compare their schools’ progress and attainment.

Schools can:

  • pick their own subjects, statements/objectives (the toolkit can import these or provide a default set to edit).
  • agree a set of assessment grades, which define pupils’ steps towards mastering the curriculum (the toolkit can cope with any set of assessment grades).
  • use a quick and easy way for teachers to record their assessments (the toolkit provides this).
  • set Age Related Expectations for each term (the toolkit has a simple way to set these).
  • analyse which pupils are making expected progress and which need support to get them on track (the toolkit provides multiple reports)

The MAT can get:

  • a dashboard giving access to all the individual school toolkits, together with overview reports which summarise results at MAT level and compare schools performance.

So, if you aren´t 100% satisfied with your current assessment tracking system, why not check out our Online Primary Progress toolkit at primaryprogresstoolkit.co.uk?

If you need more information, or would like to discuss your specific needs, email me at statsed@gmail.com.

We can give you free access to a demo site, where you can try out the toolkit for yourself.

Roger Watson

Statistics for Education Ltd, 5 Bridge Street, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2JU
Tel: 01279 652183; Email: statsed@gmail.com

What are extra effective ways of helping your students achieve their university ambitions?

Now that the A Level and GCSE results are known, many of your students will be seeking your help with the new term’s subject choices or changes to their university ambitions. Education Advisers Ltd can offer services to supplement your help to such students and their parents. For example :

  1. We have produced an online library of university advice sources , which is available free of charge to schools to paste onto their own school extranets or intranets – simply ask us for details
  2. We have detailed free eguides on applying to medical school or art school
  3. For those students whose GCSE grades fell below expectations, we have alternative solutions with schools or colleges offering BTECs
  4. There has been an upsurge in interest in Foundation Programmes, which are shorter than A Levels. Although primarily aimed at International students we can sometimes place UK nationals onto such courses
  5. We can advise on alternative university courses for those whose grades necessitate a direction change
  6. We can arrange specialist private tuition at home to facilitate retakes for those needing to improve GCSE grades, while still continuing with A Levels at school.

For more information on how we can help specific individual students, go to http://www.educationadvisers.co.uk/services-for-schools-school-referrals or better still phone Mary, Duncan or Ryan on 01622 813870 or 01603 812852

Whatever the situation, remember there is always a solution and always an alternative. We are happy to help you explore the best available options. Education Advisers Ltd are independent and impartial school choice consultants and our 12 websites advise more than 1 million parents/students per annum

Why 50% of schools are leasing their current minibus

Not surprisingly a recent minibus survey from Benchmark Leasing cited cost as the reason for many schools not acquiring a (additional) minibus. Yet only half of schools have considered leasing a minibus as a way around the problem.

Of course, the great benefit of leasing is that there are no large upfront payments so you don’t have to wait until you have raised enough funds to cover the cost of a minibus in order to acquire a (new) one – which would clearly be the case if you were looking to buy a minibus outright.

Additionally, as leasing is an arrangement which makes it possible for schools to fund the minibus through a small payment each month, there is the added benefit of improved budgeting and cash flow.

In fact, leasing a minibus can sometimes work out to be cheaper in the long run due to the rate at which vehicles devalue over time and/or with use – so it is well worth contacting a company like Benchmark Leasing to get a quote for a brand new minibus so that you can look at the figures for yourself.

Furthermore, by leasing a minibus with Benchmark Leasing, the vehicle’s MOTs, repairs* and services are included in the arrangement with the costs conveniently built into the lease price.

To enquire about leasing a brand new minibus with Benchmark Leasing, please do call on 01753 859944 or email us at minibus@benchmarkleasing.co.uk. You might also like to have a look at our website to get a feel for the type of vehicles that we regularly lease to schools.

* T&Cs apply